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Open-Box DV Mark FGC121 Frank Gambale Signature 120W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp

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(Open Box) 120 massive watts coupled with tone made for jazz fusion guitarist Frank Gambale.

The FGC 121 Frank Gambale signature combo features two independent channels with separate gain, EQ controls and presence, to tailor your favorite sounds from extremely clean to highly distorted. The professional-grade 120W DV Mark solid-state power amp allows you to obtain ultra-clean tone at any volume, incredibly warm sound without distortion. For crunch or highly distorted sounds, you simply increase the gain on the lead channel. The pre out/amp in loop allows you to connect external pedal/effects. This amp also features a Dual Voltage Switch 120V/240V to use the amp in countries with different voltages, without having to carry an external converter!

FEATURES
Power: 120W (solid state)
Two channels
Controls: 3-band EQ, gain, presence, volume
FX loop
120V/240V dual voltage switch

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DV MarkFGC121 Frank Gambale Signature 120W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp
 
3.4

(based on 7 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Good power output (5)
  • Portable (5)
  • Excellent sound (4)
  • Warm / comfy (4)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (5)
  • Home studio (3)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just what the doctor ordered

By P O ed bass player

from Boston,MA

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Performances

Comments about DV Mark FGC121 Frank Gambale Signature 120W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

I've been a Fender Tube amp guy flor many years and I love my Deluxe reverb and Princeton but they were just getting too heavy and my back was shot.I stumbled on the DV Mark lil jazz .At 14 pounds it rivals a Princeton tone and the direct out made it PA friendly.Liked it so much I boughtthe newest Frank Cambale modrl and at 24 lbs I get 120 wstts with an od channel and 12 inch neo speaker.Sounds as good as the Deluxe at half the weighr and price.Good for any type music and loud enough to run with anthing on the stage.I love it so far.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A little disappointed but impressed at the same time

By Al Baez

from PR

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about DV Mark FGC121 Frank Gambale Signature 120W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    A bought this amp as a replacement for my burned Fender hot rod deluxe but my expectations was high considering how exigent is Frank Gamba!e with his sound. As a Fender amps player I can't get the Low end thump in the clean channel, is a little boxy sounding for my taste. It has a good high end but I can't vet a good jazz warm sound with my archtop guitars, I know is solid state but my Polytone is SS too and delivers that sound In other hand the overdrive section is the best I'd seen in SS amp, round, fat and articulate you can think is another amp compared to the clean channel. You can't get the warmth of tubes but is a good overdrive for SS amp. At 120 watts is very loud and maybe join can cure de boxy sound with an EQ pedal in the effects loop. Is a shame that it don't have an speaker output but has foot switch input and effects loop. I think I'll fix my Fender amp and keep this DV Mark for practice.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Perfect Combo For My Needs

    By Jesse

    from Kalamazoo, MI

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about DV Mark FGC121 Frank Gambale Signature 120W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

      Musician's Friend was offering 20% off on an Open Box unit, so I took a leap - glad I did! This amp is awesome for a few reasons...

      • Elegant: Just two channels (Clean and Lead), standard EQ controls, spring reverb emulation and FX Loop. Very old-school, streamlined layout. Easy to set-and-forget or tweak efficiently in real time.

      • Powerful: At 120W RMS, this thing has headroom for days. I can't think of a realistic gigging situation where I'd need to run either channel's Master hotter than '4'. Ridiculously loud, especially for its size.

      • Lightweight & Compact: At 23 lbs., this is the lightest pro combo amp I've ever owned. At just a foot and a half square and a foot deep, the dimensions are also the smallest.

      • Killer Tones: I absolutely love the tones this amp makes. Cleans are robust, round and transparent, distortion is dark, smooth and midrange-forward. Takes pedals/FX like a champ. Responds dynamically to the guitar's volume and pick attack.

      The only word of warning I'd provide: This amp has an inherently "dark" voice likely due to the preferences of Frank Gambale and the liquidy fusion tones he tends to prefer. For my tastes, it's absolutely ideal. However, this is not a treble-centric amp by any stretch. It can certainly be brightened to a point with the Treble and Presence controls, but it's a very midrange-forward sound overall.

       
      4.0

      Contender For 'Someone Finally Made a Good Solid State Amp'

      By Grimm Pickins

      from Vermont

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      Pros

      • Adequate Power (will compete with drummer)
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Limited Functions
      • No Footswitch Included

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances
      • Rehearsals and practice

      Comments about DV Mark FGC121 Frank Gambale Signature 120W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

      I've tried a number of solid state amps over the years, and other than a few one trick ponies (Polytone, Peavey's pedal steel amp), they've left me flat. I've mostly stuck to tube amps, but - d*mn - I'm tired off lugging them around and dealing with the temperament of tubes. So I keep trying solid state stuff and immediately going back... I think I finally broke that with this amp.

      First, I've gotta say that I'm a wretched metal player so I'm not looking for something brutal or whatnot. I tend towards progressive rock, psychedelic/jam stuff, Americana and roots folk/blues stuff. I want an amp that can stay clean when loud if I want that. This has lead to a bunch of Twin Reverbs (and one Super) over the years, trying to keep headroom - which I suppose is why I keep trying solid state amps. This sounds different than that Fender clean spank - it is far more midranged but capable of decent Byrds/Neil Young/Jerry Garcia type tones as well as more traditional jazz guitars. This amp likes hollowbodies.

      This is not a modeling amp, thankfully. I did that once or twice, with mixed results. The distortion channel that exists is really very good for those of us who don't delve into modern metal, it is pretty tame. It has a good range of overdrive, and is certainly capable of rocking hard - but it is the somewhat traditional British classic. I've actually really enjoyed a lot of the channel's tones, I have yet to break out my dirt pedals with it.

      This is a quiet contender in the crowded field of amps, DV Mark being unknown to guitarists and a staple to bassists as Markbass. Gambale is a name pretty much only to guitarists, and whereas I am a fan of fusion - I wasn't really familiar with him. Totally not a motivating factor here. This is an amp like you'd expect an old fashioned amp to be - it has 2 channels, a decent set of EQ controls, Master/Gain, and Reverb (weaker than Fender, she don't Surf without pedals). There is an effects loop, which is great for delay/reverb.

       
      4.0

      Holy powerhouse, Batman!

      By 250 Gigs a year.

      from North Coast.

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about DV Mark FGC121 Frank Gambale Signature 120W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

      I was looking for small, lightweight, powerful amp to cover any gig, anywhere. And be a pro level piece of equipment, not just loud. I'd just about given up finding what I wanted, when I stumbled across this thing. I watched every video and read every review I could find, which really wasn't much. I then decided to take a chance and order it. Holy cow...
      First of all, this thing is CRAZY powerful. I was looking at this, and the DV Mark Guitat Friend 12. I opted for the 120 watt model as I didn't think solid State watts would keep up. Wrong!! I play a lot with a rather spirited jam band. We get loud. I can't get either channel above 10 o'clock on the master volume without maiming children and small animals in a four mile radius. More importantly, it's not "just" loud. It sounds great. Clean, it does not have the hugely scooped Fender style voicing with crazy bass and treble and nothing in the middle. It's a fairly mid-forward Brit style voicing that is very fat and warm. It punches like crazy. It slices right through a mix without being harsh or clangy. And the bottom is very focused and tight. Never woofy or boomy. Dirty is smooth, creamy, you can't get a bad sound out of the lead channel. Set he knobs wherever you want, even when it's not the best tone, it's still useable. It does not have enough gain to do modern rock and metal, but it has plenty on tap for classic stuff, blues rock, fusion, and most everything else. The clean channel will crunch up nicely if you bump the gain knob and dog on as well. Loads of versatility. Build quality is very nice. Tolex is super well done, no glue globs or mess in the cabinet. Super lightweight. You can seriously lift this thing with a finger. Takes effects in the front end, or the loop like a champ. I run a TC Electronic Nova System straight into the front end, and it sounds incredible. The only reason it isn't getting 5 stars is no line out, and footswitch sold separately.

      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      The product is good once I re purchased missing items

      By Rick Fusco

      from Key West FL

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about DV Mark FGC121 Frank Gambale Signature 120W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        I was very disappointed to find that the amp did not have a power cable or a footswitch to select between the the two channels within the Amp. Those are typically standard items that come with an amp. I had to go and purchase those items separately. I've never purchased an Open Box item before so I called prior to the item shipping to get a better understanding of what an open box item was and I was told that it is basically a returned item and that item had been reviewed by the staff to ensure it was in good to excellent condition. Just disappointed. The extra items cost me about sixty dinero extra with shipping. So the savings of a quote open box purchase from your company was no real savings. Lesson Learned.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        I returned it.

        By Papa Don

        from Palm Springs, Ca.

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        Pros

        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Grounding issue.
        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • None

        Comments about DV Mark FGC121 Frank Gambale Signature 120W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        Powerful amp with a nice distortion sound.
        The trouble was that the effects loop is unusable because it seemed to have a grounding issue.
        I used it then I used other amps that I had and this amp was the only one with this issue.
        So, I sent it back.
        Not sure if I will ever deal with DV Mark again.

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